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Nora McCarthy & The People Of Peace Quintet - Blessings (2016)

16-02-2016, 21:11
Vocal Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: Blessings
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Redzen Records
Genre: Jazz Vocals
Quality: FLAC | MP3
Total Time: 66:46
Total Size: 404 MB | 156 MB

1. Love Poem For The People (11:12)
2. Akara Moi Moi ( 5:03)
3. Nimbus ( 9:37)
4. Into The Middle Of Something ( 7:16)
5. Restless Mind ( 5:35)
6. The Blessing ( 6:48)
7. Passion Dance ( 7:32)
8. Listen Close To What The Trees Are Saying ( 5:42)
9. Night On Earth ( 7:56)

blesSINGS features: The People of Peace Quintet - Nora McCarthy-voice, compositions, lyrics, poetry, arrangements; Jorge Sylvester-alto saxophone, compositions, arrangements; Pablo Vergara-piano; Donald Nicks-electric bass; and, Kenny Grohowski and is dedicated to: Alto Saxophonist/Composer-Arranger/Conductor Jorge Sylvester, Poet James Randolph Daniels – Akinwale Pitan-Ogun Adisa, Conductor Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, the Creative Jazz Musician, and to People of Peace everywhere.

Produced by Nora McCarthy and recorded at Tedesco Studio in Paramus, New Jersey on August 26 & 27th, 2015, blesSINGS is a modern jazz record that combines several elements to make its powerfully beautiful statement: original compositions and lyrics; innovative vocal improvisation, poetry, straight ahead jazz, blues, grooves, mixed meters, jazz ballads, free form, and imaginative arrangements.

blesSINGS addresses the overwhelming need for compassion, environmental awareness and understanding in our world today; it is first and foremost a love story that urges us to love one another and ourselves, to be the best we can be, to open our minds and hearts and acknowledge our individual and collective blessings. It is about gaining peace through harmony, liberation through creative expression, reaching for our higher selves and expanding our consciousness, recognizing and holding steadfast our connection to one another (brotherhood), to the earth (our mother) and to our place within the universe (immortality/spirit). It pays homage to the subtle energies that influence creativity, and ultimately give birth to hope and renewal.

The artistry on blesSINGS is stunning; the musicianship throughout is exquisite and the overall sound is reminiscent of the great creative jazz recordings of the ‘60s and ‘70s where the artists used their music as a conduit for spirituality and as a reaction to turbulent events that were taking place in the country, much like today: war, racism, civil unrest, terrorism, mass killings.
McCarthy felt compelled to put out a CD with a positive message, a healing balm as it were, a solution to be considered, something to hold on to, something to feel good about in a world where bad news prevails and can be so discouraging. In looking over her many compositions, Nora made a discovery. There assembled before her eyes was the music that would be that tap root she sought to provide peace and optimism to the world. The golden thread that wove them all together so perfectly was the word “blessing” as they all contained within their bars and measures, their form and structure, a blessing, and so, blesSINGS came into being.

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ogutierrez   User offline   17 February 2016 19:40

Thank you v. m.

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